Larry's Peacock Bass Log
The following data represents an accurate accounting of Larry Larsen's personal best catches as he travels the world in search of peacock bass (PB). It is
updated after each trip.
Catch Photos From My Most Recent Trips
When & Where: March 2016, Colombia's Cano Bocon off the Inirida River while fishing with Orinoco Angling at their Bocon River Peacock Bass tent camp
operation. The river water level was low and some lagoons were very shallow making the 20-pound plus peacock very difficult to locate. This one (not quite
a teener) is the largest of my few double digit peacocks that I caught, but probably the most significant results of the trip were the large numbers of huge
butterfly peacock bass that we all caught. Many were 7 pounds or slightly bigger! Most of my big fish were taken on either a Timber Turbine topwater plug
or a diving minnowbait. While a couple of guys in our group caught fish to 18 pounds, most all of us lost a few giants. I even broke a rod on a giant that got
off. We tried to locate some big payara but they were not around in the low waters of March. The lagoons and river had lots of laydown timber along its
banks and in some lagoons, giant boulders jutted out into the middle. Many
waters were stained with tannin and a few had a green tint. After rains on three different days, several creek
run-ins were bringing in muddy waters. A bug net like the one I'm wearing here comes in handy. These waters earlier in the dry season (December and January) should provide a prime time for catching the giant peacock and some of
the water's big payara.
When & Where: November 2015, Brazil's Rio Negro while fishing with Captain Peacock Yachts & Expeditions. The river water level was a
little low on this trip and no one on our yacht caught a 20-pounder this trip. This
16 pounder was the largest that I caught fishing the tributaries and main Rio Negro channels and "resacas" (oxbow lakes) north of Barcelos. It was taken on a colorful,
hand-tied (by guide Catfish) fly while trolling. Most big fish caught during the week bgy
the anglers on our yacht were either on a similar bait and technique or by casting a Timber Turbine or other topwater bait. Two of my other double-digit peacocks came on
the TT. We only had showers for about an hour one day and the water level remained stable most of the week. The largest peacock bass caught by our group was an 18
pounder. This peacock bass was my number 598 "teener" and number 1,900 over 10 pounds during my 84 trips after peacock bass!
- No. of PB over 10 pounds = 1,902
- No. of PB "Teeners" (13#s to 19#s) = 598
- No. of PB over 20 pounds = 32 (in 13 different watersheds; Brazil - 30, Venezuela - 2)
- Total No. of Trips after PB = 85 (incl. 59 to Brazil)
- Trips to Waters with Grande (3-bar) PB = approx. 61
- Countries Fished for PB = 6 - Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Panama, USA (Hawaii & Florida)
- First PB Trip = October 1988 Lake Guri, Venezuela
- Largest PB = Two 25-pounders, one on the lower Rio Unini, Brazil on Black/Orange Woodchopper in
November, 2002 and the other on Rio Caures, Brazil on a Giant Fire Tiger Woodchopper in October 2007
- Largest butterfly PB = 10.5 pounds (IGFA World Record for 7 years) caught in March 1994 on Rio Branco tributary, Brazil on Woodchopper
- Largest PB "double" on one plug = 30 pounds (17.0#er and 13.0#er on parrot-colored Woodchopper in February 2003 on upper Rio Unini, Brazil
- Largest "double" with partner = 44.5 pounds (Larry's 25#er and Ruede Wheeler 19.5#s) in November 2002 on Rio Unini, Brazil
- Longest PB = 39 inches (a 22.5#er on a minnowbait caught in Rio Pasimoni, Venezuela lagoon in Feb. 2002)
- Best day for no. of "Teeners" = 13 in November 2006, on upper Rio Unini, Brazil
- Best week for "Teeners" = 25 in Feb. 2003 on Rio Unini, Brazil
- Best week for PB over 15 pounds = 18 in March 2002 on Rio Cuini, Brazil
- Highest number of PB in one day = 88 on Rio Omero, Brazil in February 2012.
- Highest number of PB in one week = 415 on Rio Agua Boa, Brazil in the early 1990s.
- No. of PB World Records (Line Class) = 7 set on Rio Pasimoni, Venezuela; Rio Curimoni, Venezuela; Rio
Amazon, Peru and Rio Demeni, Brazil in the 1990's (4 remain active)
Toughest Adversary: A dolphin grabbed my "double" catch that I had
hooked on December 2, 2011 on a topwater plug three times and moved off with them only to let go after seeing it could not remove
them from my plug. I finally got the plug to the boat with both of the 2-pound peacock attached and their gory tails revealed the dolphin
teeth scrapes. The dolphin got away.
- Biggest Snake Ever Seen: The highlight of a February 2011 trip to the Bita River in Colombia was spending 15 minutes face-to-face with the
21-foot, 300 pound anaconda and surviving! Here, the huge monster snake is inspecting my topwater lure just beneath him. (I was
relatively safe in a boat while snapping over 100 images!)
- Inducted Into Fishing Hall of Fame - February 1999 Hayward, WI